Artist: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND (feat. RY COODER);
Title: YELLOW BICK ROAD; Label: PYE INTERNATIONAL; Format: 7";
Cat. No.: 7N.25443; Year: 1967; Country: UK
Today's post is this 1967 offering from Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - featuring Ry Cooder on slide. The A Side is the rather wonderful "Yellow Brick Road" and features that immortal intro that only Beefheart could've come up with: "The following tone is a reference tone, recorded at our operating level." The song's the usual mutant delta blues that you'd tend to expect from the Magic Band from this period - but not yet developed into weirdness of the subsequent 'Trout Mask Replica' set - which I've heard described as Howlin' Wolf meets Ornette Coleman. A pretty apt description of Beefheart.
The flip side gives you "Abba Zaba" again from the parent 'Safe As Milk' LP. Which is another great tune - and (something I'd never realized - assuming it was a typical Beefheart nonsense title) the name of a american peanut toffee bar. And the good Captain's favourite snack treat as a kid. Learn something new everyday doing a music blog folks! Both sides feature the 2nd line-up of the Magic Band - which with the exception of Ry Cooder - lasted the longest before being sacked around 1973 - and then regrouping as Mallard in the mid 70's.